Your company data is the lifeblood of your business. Surely you realize, no data = no business. And no business = no money.
It's true. Without data, you have no business.
Are we stating the obvious? Yes, we are. However:
When small business owners tell us, "Hackers won't target my business because we don't have anything they would want." They forget the apparent value they already own, THEIR DATA! Your data is what hackers target.
Company data is your lifeblood. Hackers steal your data so they can sell it back to you. Get it?
Hackers, selling precious data back to the people they stole the data from, is the heart of a Ransomware Attack.
You can back up your company data, and you should; most businesses do this.
You can train your employees in cybersecurity, and you should; most businesses don't do this.
You can purchase sophisticated hardware to defend your business, and you should. Most companies don't do this.
You can purchase sophisticated software to defend your business, and you should. Most companies don't do this.
For a Ransomware Attack to succeed, all it takes is one infected email your company receives, and one person in your company to click on it and your data instantly becomes useless, encrypted, or worse, stolen.
You're out of business until you get your original data back.
How? Hackers encrypt your data, at your business, while you're working, so it's unreadable. Your data becomes gobbledygook. Then they ransom YOUR ORIGINAL DATA BACK TO YOU.
Encryption of your data is just the start.
One-click opens the email that contains the infected attachment. Another click opens the infected attachment.
Then the encrypting software automatically moves from that first computer to another computer at your business. Then it runs throughout your company, encrypting the data on each machine as it goes.
Then the server and older backup devices become infected.
That's right, it moves to your data backups and encrypts them as well; this is catastrophic.
If left unchecked, it will shut your business down in a few hours.
Most attacks include a countdown timer. The timer shows you how much time you have to pay the ransom - usually, several thousand dollars, or more - before your data is permanently deleted, or before the cost increases.
That's how ransomware goes.
Ransomware is simple, and it's not a sophisticated attack. Your company data is simply encrypted, and then it will be deleted unless you pay a ransom. Hence the name - Ransomware Attack.
Do you know anyone who has experienced a Ransomware Attack? We do.
Here at DTS InfoTech, we know of businesses that did not prepare for an attack, and then they were successfully attacked. The disruption to their business and money loss was substantial. This particular business was not worried about actually getting attacked. So, they did not prepare. They couldn't have been more mistaken.
These attacks are real, and they are devastating.
Some articles on the internet report the actual number of attacks is going down. But other articles say the number is going up. It's hard to know which one to believe. That's not the alarming part.
What is alarming is the number of successful high-impact attacks are going up.
Heimdal Security reports the following Ransomware Attacks statistics for 2019.
Don't take our word for it. Take a few minutes. Read these articles. Check these statistics out:
• Two-thirds of ransomware attacks targeted state and local governments.
• 55% of small businesses from the US would pay hackers to recover their stolen data in Ransomware Attacks.
• Over 500 US schools were affected by Ransomware Attacks in 2019.
• Almost 70 US government organizations were infected with ransomware since January 2019.
• A total of 140 US local governments, police stations, and hospitals have been infected with ransomware.
• In the third quarter of 2019, the average ransomware payout increased to $41,000.
So, what can you do about it? Plenty.
Prepare. Don't be a victim!
You can make sure - guaranteed -
it doesn't happen to your business.
Ransomware protection layer-by-layer.
Through first-hand experience and boots-on-the-ground, we've found the best approach to defeating a Ransomware Attack is by using a simple and very effective four-layered method. By four-layers, we mean employing:
3. Employee education
4. Technology expertise
When you combine all of these - every one of them - you can be confident your business will survive a Ransomware Attack. However, if you don't employ a layered approach or you skip one of the layers, your company probably will not survive the attack.
All that said, let's chat about Hardware, Software, Technology expertise, and datto.
DTS InfoTech has partnered with industry leader datto so we can successfully defend our customers against a Ransomware Attack. This datto technology works. Every time. Guaranteed.
Datto is the industry leader in the data backup and disaster recovery space, and they designed the industry's first complete Ransomware Protection and Recovery Solution (RPRS).
Solution! Did you get that?
A Ransomware Attack is unknown to many. Here at DTS InfoTech, we know, from first-hand experience, the solution datto produces is a guaranteed successful defense of a Ransomware Attack.
What does a successful defense mean in the Ransomware world?
• First, a successful defense does not mean no business interruption.
• A Ransomware Attack = business interruption of some type.
• A successful defense means you pay no ransom. You lose no data. And you get your business back online in minutes or hours, not days or weeks.
• You can't stop a hacker from attacking your business. But you can defeat the hacker. You will lose no data. You will pay no money.
At DTS InfoTech, we use and recommend the Ransomware Protection and Recovery Solution (RPRS) by Datto.
The RPRS detects a ransomware attack in progress, and it will roll your systems back to a point in time before the attack happened.
This technology protects your company files and folders anywhere on your network. And not only that, it will protect your mobile devices, workstations, and data in the cloud.
This innovative technology has been built upon the new datto hardware and software features in their SIRIS, NAS, Backupify, and Datto Drive solutions.
How does all this stuff work?
How the datto ransomware protection and recovery solution (RPRS) works:
1. DTS InfoTech will ensure your data is protected when we install and configure the RPRS platform for your servers. At that time, we will set a regular automated data backup schedule. We will also monitor it going forward.
2. When a ransomware attack starts, the attack is quickly detected, and DTS, acting as your administrator is notified.
3. DTS will restore your affected server(s) to a snapshot before the attack happened, erasing the attack.
4. Business resumes as usual. No ransom is paid, no files are lost, there is only a brief business disruption, and it's over in a matter of minutes or hours.
Global Ransomware Damage Costs Predicted To Reach $20 Billion (USD) By 2021
Ransomware is expected to attack a business every 11 seconds by the end of 2021 – Steve Morgan, Editor-In-Chief Cybercrime Magazine
The best thing to do for protecting your business is to plan and prepare for a Ransomware Attack.
However, none of the four layers mentioned above (hardware, software, employee education, technology expertise) is enough in itself to defend your business against an attack.
But when you employ all four – every one of them, at the same time – it is enough, and you will successfully defend your data. You will lose no data. You will pay no ransom.
It's true, some businesses back up their data.
But they use old technology from ten years ago. True, the old technology does back up their data, but it does not defend against a Ransomware Attack. Why? It was never designed to do that.
The same can be said for software, employee education, and technology expertise. Why? It's called being human. Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are made in each layer.
Some businesses use whitelists and blacklists. These lists are useful for what they do. But here, too, they cannot defend your data. These lists are just lists.
You must have a way to quickly detect and recover from an attack these older existing technologies miss. You need a ransomware protection and recovery solution (RPRS).
The Ransomware Protection and Recovery Solution is a collection of datto products combined to protect businesses from the impacts of attacks. It works. Every time. Guaranteed.
Let me introduce you to the datto products we're talking about.
Datto SIRIS 3
The very best way to defend against a Ransomware Attack is to just restore the infected systems to the way they were before the attack. It's called turning back the clock.
Another way to say it is, "Like it never happened!"
This new datto technology is designed to turn back the clock.
Old tape backup and hard disk backup systems originally were designed to backup data. Period. They're good at that. But not for a Ransomware Attack.
The datto SIRIS 3 will identify an attack. It then automatically notifies the administrator - DTS InfoTech - so we can recover from this attack. It's simple, and it's pure genius in the world of data backup and disaster recovery against a Ransomware Attack.
And all this whiz-bang technology happens in minutes or hours, not days like it is in old tape backup systems. And time is crucial when you don't have access to your data to service your customers.
When you employ this technology from datto, you can check off three out of four of the layers. It's that good.
The only layer RPRS doesn't directly address is employee education. DTS InfoTech will educate your employees, and those employees never leave their desks for training. The training and education layer is included in our monthly service.
Datto NAS 3
Before we get away from your office, let's chat about your data being stored locally on your premises. Ransomware will attack this data too. This is where the NAS 3 comes in. For networks that lack a server, but need central storage of data, the datto Network Attached Storage (NAS) automatically saves data to itself, and then it backs up that data to the cloud where it is available any time it is needed.
The NAS 3 is another defensive tool in your datto protection toolbox.
The impact of a ransomware attack on file sync and share with Datto Workplace is erased.
Like it never happened is an excellent thought, don't you think? Your data is secure = your business is protected.
Have you heard victims of ransomware say, "We had no choice. We had to pay the ransom."
With a Ransomware Protection and Recovery Solution from datto and DTS InfoTech, you will never say that.
If you have some questions about this and would like to talk with us about it, give us a call. We're always happy to chat, and the call is FREE! Calls are still free.
DTS InfoTech Can Help.
We're are IT, Service professionals. A growing part of our service is protecting companies from Ransomware attacks.
Small businesses don't have the technology expertise or time to understand all Ransomware Attack issues. If this describes you, we can help.
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